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reid today saying that the game is at chess game, and the republicans are the jets. here is harry reid. >> he has a problem. he has three quarterbacks. he cannot decide who the quarterback is going to be. that is the same problem republicans are having. romney is gone, but he is still in the background. we have mcconnell and boehner. who is the quarterback, mr. president? gerri: what do you make of that analogy? >> well, that is a football analogy. we'll do that from time to time, but the reality is the speaker of the house is the speaker. the house is the majority republican, and if he is going to advance that way, that is probably in order. senator mcconnell is involved, i'm sure talking with boeher about these issues. he always has been, but you have to have the spokesman, somebody to talk to. the president is absent up here, and i hope he will come to the table. i hope we can avoid it, but a lot of it is going to ultimately be on the president's watch. gerri: i have to tell you, there are other people mia. most of the house is gone on vacation. the senate is spending all this time
the senate, harry reid to vote on the president's plan and harry reid said no. democrats are calling it a stunt. this is the president's plan we can raise taxes on rich and you don't have to cut spending and you can do all the things that he wants to do, and they don't want that to come to a vote. there might be something there. i'm thinking that might maybe make himn it and let the chips fall where they make. elections have consequences. at that right now. lou: i think we all agree about consequences. certainly. your thoughts on this? does it look to you right now like we are going to avoid this fiscal cliff? the president, but the brilliant idea? it's interesting how he does is. he initiates an ultimatum and the goes passive aggressive on everyone and withdraws from the field. it's really a bizarre and intriguing strategy which obviously has completely confounded republican leaders. >> yes, and the polls show that the american people are proud and -- probably going to blend republicans now matter what happens. lou: slightly. >> therore i think that is what you're seeing with presid
of the kind that harry reid and the president have announced they're not doing. so even if coburn broke his commitment to the people of oklahoma, which he got a elected with a written commitment not to raise taxes at all, his new statement is, he might raise tax as little if he got permanent reform. melissa: do you ffle the tide is turning against you and necessary to give in a little bit to get a deal done or not? >> okay. there is no need to raise taxes to get a deal. obama two years ago extended all the bush tax cuts for two years. there is no reason not to do that again. his reason --. melissa: he will not agree to it though. seems like the only way to get a deal done here is to give an inch much of ground? >> there is no deal if he wants to raise taxes. -phe can veto any, the republicans have already passed through the house making those tax cuts permanent. if the gnat, which hasn't acted, hasn't voted, remember the reason why we have this odd position of some of the weird polling that you're talking about which is different than the traditional polling is that we've had a news blackou
pelosi, harry reid, and the president and boehner and mitch mcconnell, you have two men in one room and that to me says an awful lot. the fact they released a statement that's plu conic. the lines of communication are open. this indicates to me a degree of seriousness we haven't seen to date and very important. now,ly also point out to you on the issue of balance and what former senator simpson said, i'm paying attention to the statements of business leaders right now. in particular, look at randall stevenson, ceo of at&t who said i think we need to avoid the fiscal cliff and a balanced approach and someone who's trended republican personally, that says a lot. it gives cover to the republicans in congress that this is okay to do in the name of american business. >> david, i want to quickly pivot back to entitlement reform. if the republicans have cover with the business world, let's play what erskine bowles said about entitlements and the president. >> i don't see why the president would want to negotiate against himself on this. you know, if the republicans are going to be willing
, lines of communications are open. also talking to senate majority leader harry reid today as well. everybody is talking but we don't have a deal yet. tracy: is anybody talking about spending or entitlements, peter? >> they're making it pretty clear. one statement we got from speaker john boehner's office today was that the republicans continue to wait for the president to make specific proposals for cutting spending.3 that is what they want. tracy: we don't sound any closer to me, but again i am skeptical. down in d.c. >> great, thanks. traay: the president is going to @ompromise as peter just said. what are republicans willing to compromise on. we have got to ask mike lee of utah. i am sorry i am so skeptical. 58% of americans don't think we will reach a deal. where do you feel about this right now? >> it is difficult to predict at this point. i don't think anybody wan wantso go off a cliff except the president. he might not only allow it to go there, but perhaps push us off has manifested last week by the decision to drop kick john boehner's offer. the tentative proposal before
chatter. the president speaks to senate democratic leader harry reid, we have learned. meeting yesterday at the white house with a speaker banner an in a speech in detroia couple of hours go the president extended little olive branch to the republicans. >> i have said i would work with republicans on a plan for economic growth, job creation and reducing our deficits. and some compromise between democrats and republicans, i understand people have a lot of different views, i'm willing to compromise a little bit. >> i spoke to an aide to one top republican leader who was a little bit upset by the comment the president would be willing to compromise a little bit. the white house did not disclose any details of the meeting with the president and the speaker yesterday only confirmed that communications remain open. tim john boehner remaining discussions are in place. david: the president said some things about a year ago that sounded like a perfect compromise. let me get your reaction. this was about a year ago. >> what they said was give us 1.2 trillion in additional revenues. which could be
do kating the role to nancy pelosi and harry reid. this time around, maybe because he feels he has the mandate, he's doing the negotiations straight on with boehner which i think leads to a better result. this is an overall different approach in his leadership whether it's because he's thinking legacy or anything? should we expect to see this level of leadership going forward? >> i think he tried to make a deal with boener in 2011. we know he was close to a deal with boehner and then the gang of six with the plan more aggressive. sort of a bigger deal and the president sort of balked at the agreement. seemed to be putting in to place with boehner and then boehner walked away, as well, and the whole thing fell apart. i think you have seen an acknowledgment. if the president and boehner come to an agreement then the senate will come along, the house democrat wills come along. a number of them will. these are really the key negotiators and has to be done at that level to get something finished. >> jonathan, i have to say i'm a little bit skeptical about one aspect of this. it looks li
're told he had a phone call on air force one from harry reid. presumably to go over what it is their hashing out behind the scenes. a public and private scene going on here. >> they don't have to be face to face to keep the negotiations going. thank you. and as we get closer to the cliff's edge, a number of republicans in congress say they would be willing to accept tax increases on the wealthiest americans if they are accompanied by large enough spending cuts. >> one of those is tom cole who is a republican from oklahoma who joins us now live from capitol hill. fantastic to have you here on the show, congressman. >> good to be with you. >> what kind of spending cuts do you need to see, congressman, for you to be able to vote for those tax hikes on the top 2%? >> for the record i don't promote raising taxes on anybody. but if congress doesn't act they go up automatically. i'd like to take an area where we agree with the area, that we're not going to raise taxes on 98% of the american people. and just get that out of the way. let's not have those folks worried about that.
a letter to the majority leader harry reid saying we shouldn't have a negotiation of a treaty during a lame duck session of congress. i disagree with our move here. you had a treaty that was negotiated by my former boss, george w. bush. you had robert dole out there. i think the republicans are upset about diming but again disabilities. most of the major countries around the world have signed this. it should have been done. >> goldie, you in your very being would embody some problems that the republican party has. you're an intelligent woman of color. >> sure. >> what does the republican party have to do to make people like you feel it has something to say to to you? >> you know, i live in the american south and that's ground zero for this modern day gop. what i hear on the ground and i have worked both sides of the aisle. i have been open about that, people know it. >> sure. >> i think there is a policy issue, a set of policy issues, but there's also to a greater extent a messaging issue, and then, you know, in terms of just sheer infrastructure, obama for america put together a technologi
a u.s. institution. the senate is not. expected to consider this bill in the lame duck session. harry reid has said that comprehensive immigration reform will be a priority in 2013. ere support for expanding and creating new visa programs for graduates and that is a goal that isporby the higher education association. including the ciation of higher universities. i also want to take this opportunity to thank senator warrer in because he has supported this immigration also introducing the starp-up agent. it was introduced in 2013 to create a new stem visa that foreign students who graduate with a masters or hpped can receive a green card or -- p.h.d. and stay in this country. to pass legislation that expands opportunities for our stem graduates. if we don't, our national competitive horizon has just narrowed. >> senator? >> thank you, alan let me thank my friends, participants on this panel, the miller center for asking me. let me add my two cents as well on mark kaplan who has been a good friend for a long time. he shows clean living, 96 years olan several years o marriage. i think it
senate majority leader harry reid. both democrats wanted to make sure president obama will not freeze them out of fiscal cliff negotiations. far from frozen, some set of republicans appear to be warming to higher tax rates on households earning more than $250,000. if and only if that leads to benefit cuts in health care entitlements like medicare and medicaid. >> give the president the 2% increase that he's talking about, the right increase on the top 2%, and all of a sudden, the shift goes back to entitlements. >> but house republicans, the key to any fiscal cliff deals remains suspicious. >> the president wants the rates to go up, that doesn't solve the problem. we don't want to be back here in another year, in another ten years answering the same questions. >> reporter: the republican co-chairman of the deficit reduction commission said higher tax rates are inevitable. >> if anybody out there who's, quote, rich doesn't think their taxes go up, the drinks are on me. i'll cover it. >> reporter: mr. obama and house democrats are open to making wealthier taxpayers pay more in medicare
as an opportunistic -- stuart: he's not the only one. mayor bloomberg and governor cuomo said the same thing. harry reid said this. i take your point, but go. >> we can sit here and debate this. we don't have conclusive evidence either way. but the bottom line is he wants the government to come in and say we're going to harm small businesses here, we're going to impose the taxes, overregulate, do all the things that hurt these businesses and inhibit their ability to function and grow when we don't have conclusive evidence. that's the problem. stuart: but it's very attractive to a politician, a carbon tax, because it brings in a gusher of money. you tax companies. you tax utilities for the amount of co2s hat they put out in the atmosphere, you tax them on that basis, and you bring what, 100, 120 billion dollars a year? sandra: once they start seeing that money, they are going to want more. it could lead to an ugly future of very high taxes and could stif business -- and it could stifle business. >> i don't think he will get support for this. i don't think the public has appetite for it. stuart: i'm
like wisconsin but worse. in a statement this morning senate majority leader harry reid calls the michigan anti-worker legislation a dangerous nationwide trend by republican-led state legislatures to attacking and collective bargaining. >>> a new poll out today on immigration shows that a majority of american voters support citizenship for undocumented immigrants. 62% support a path -- a proposal that lays out a multiyear process. according to the politico gw university battleground survey. the results are similar to those from an abc news "washington post" survey taken right after the election last month. cnn suggesting the president may turn his attention to immigration after he is done dealing with the fiscal cliff. an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants are currently living in the u.s. we're back after the break. stay with us. (vo) this friday current tv presents a special event. >> nobody knows disasters like comedians. that's why for my upcoming benefit for victims of hurricane sandy, i booked the strongest,
going to get it through the senate? mitch mcconnell is in a tough position. harry reid, he has some people who loves his job. he would like to be along with the progressives. i look at this and i worry because in the camp that believes going over the cliff -- the united states will enter a new recession. i do not see the basic associations on the house and senate side that would write the legislation and pass it. host: so far the markets of not reacted. does that hurt the pressure of a congress often feels? guest: no doubt about it. yes, i agree with it, this could be terrible economic consequences, but itwe talked ae now. host: i have thought a lot about this. we have seen what happens again to of these circumstances. there was a very sharp drop of confidence with economic consequences. if you look at the data that came out earlier this week, november, december, consumer confidence plunges. markets are expecting things to get done. oppressing a denture a deal. leadership is an able to comfort a deal, we will see market volatility. you cannot go back. i worry a lot about it as well.
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